Everyone has stories about their home and their ‘hood. Write an essay or short story of 500-600 words about some memory or incident that illustrates your experience of where you live. Don’t forget to give your entry a title.
Your story can based on any of these topics:
* Feeling at home in my ‘hood.
* Feeling like an outsider in my community.
* Feeling unsafe or in danger in my community.
To make your writing come alive use all your senses – what you were seeing, hearing, smelling, thinking and experiencing – so that the reader can get a clear picture of what you describe.
Recently FunDza published the book VAYA – a collection of stories from people forced to live on the streets in Johannesburg. You can read their stories of hardship, challenge and also about the strong relationships they developed, and the interesting characters they encountered. CLICK HERE to read this book and get some inspiration for your entry.
To help get your creative juices flowing try out this process described in this tip on freewriting.
The judging will be based on the following criteria:
* How well described your setting is
* How well structured your entry is (with a beginning, middle and end)
* If there are too many grammar, spelling or punctuation errors, it will be hard for the judges to understand and enjoy your story, so check your work carefully.
* Your entry should be written in English but it can include colloquial or vernacular language that reflects your life and your community.
* If your entry is longer than 600 words or shorter than 500 words, it will count against you.
* This competition is only open to people between the ages of 13 and 25 years, who are living in Africa.
Up for grabs! R1,000 in cash for SIX prizes winners – three in the “Junior” age category (13-19 years) and three in the “Senior” age category (20-25 years).
Submit your short story entry via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Use the subject line “My Home, My Hood”. Ensure that you include the following information: name, date of birth, contact details – telephone number/email/address, and the age category in the email and/or on the word document/pdf file that contains your competition entry. Don’t forget to give your entry a title.
Alternatively, you may submit your entry via this ONLINE FORM. If considering this option, you will need to be able to upload your story as a word document or pdf file.
The competition closes at midnight on Friday, 20 April 2018.
Terms and Conditions
- The competition is only open to individuals between the ages of 13 and 25 who live on the African continent.
- Entrants may only submit ONE short story.
- Entrants may only submit their own original and previously unpublished work.
- Only short stories submitted via email to email@example.com or that are submitted via our online form (available here) will be considered valid entries for the competition. If submitting via email, the subject line should be: My Home, My Hood
- Only entries that are submitted with all the required information (name, date of birth, telephone number, email address (if the entrant has one), country of residence, and the age category) will be considered for the prize.
- Only entries that are written mainly in English and that comply with the instructions (above) will be considered for the competition.
- Only short stories submitted before the closing date – midnight on Friday 20 April 2018 – will be considered valid competition entries.
- FunDza reserves the right to publish any and all entries on its mobi site, FreeBasics app, Android app, Facebook page, Twitter feed or any other ‘FunDza’ space, including in any print publication that it produces or has produced for it. This includes FunDza anthologies and/or corporate publications such as the Annual Report.
- The judges will select SIX winners for the competition: three in the “Junior” age category (for individuals aged 13 to 19 years); and three in the “Senior” age category (for individuals aged 20 to 25 years). All winners resident in South Africa will receive a FunDza hamper.
- The winners in each age category will receive a cash prize of R1,000 (or, if the winner lives in another African country, then he/she will receive the equivalent amount in the local currency).
- The SIX winners will be announced by Friday 18 May 2018.
- Winners will be notified by telephone, SMS or email. If a winner does not respond within a 24-hour period, they will forfeit their prize, and FunDza will select a new winner.
- Winners may be announced on the FunDza mobi site, FreeBasics app, Android app, Facebook page, Twitter or any other ‘FunDza’ space.
- Competition entrants agree that if they are selected as a winner, they will supply FunDza with a recent photograph and other information about themselves as required for publicity purposes. Winners, who do not do so, will forfeit their prize.
- Employees of FunDza – or members of their families – are disqualified from entering the competition.
- By taking part in this competition, entrants agree to not hold FunDza liable for any losses, harm, damages, injury, claims or actions related to the competition.
- These rules can only be reasonably changed (or superseded) by us on a written revision to these rules posted on this competition page.
- South African laws govern this competition.
- Entrants understand and agree that in order to offer the competition, FunDza must collect and use personal information about them.
- The competition may be terminated immediately and without notice. If this happens, entrants will not have any claim against FunDza, because of this.
- The judges’ decision is final – no correspondence will be entered into.
- Queries regarding the competition can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- By participating in this competition, the entrant agrees to these terms and conditions.